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Release Date: 26th July 2013

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John Douglas Leslie has been fined £28,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and prohibited from performing any significant influence function within regulated activities due to his inadequate management at Leslie & Nuding. The initial fine was set at £40,000, but was reduced by 30% due to Leslie’s early agreement to settle.

Leslie’s breaches involved failing to properly oversee the distribution of prospectuses for three unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS) to retail investors, an oversight which led to nearly 880 investors investing €38 million on a non-advised basis. These investments subsequently became virtually worthless due to financial difficulties faced by the UCIS from 2006 onwards.

This case serves as a critical reminder for other firms of the importance of diligent management and adherence to regulatory responsibilities.

Key lessons include:

  1. Strict Compliance Oversight: Individuals in control functions must rigorously ensure that all promotional materials are distributed correctly and only to eligible investors to prevent exposure to non-compliant investments.
  2. Adequate Investor Assessment: Firms must thoroughly assess the eligibility of investors for product promotions to safeguard against unsuitable investments and potential financial losses.
  3. Robust Internal Controls: Ensuring that processes and checks are robust enough to prevent mismanagement and that there are strong internal controls in place to monitor all activities related to financial promotions.
  4. Transparent Communications: Clear and honest communication with potential investors about the nature of investments and the associated risks is essential to maintain trust and compliance with regulatory standards.

The FCA’s decision underscores its commitment to protecting consumers and upholding the integrity of the financial system by holding individuals accountable for failures in oversight and management within regulated activities.

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